Canada Extends Its Ukrainian Military Training
Canada has agreed to extend the training of Ukrainian military until March 2022
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Canada has extended the Operation UNIFIER to train Ukrainian service members until the end of March 2022.
“The Government of Canada is extending Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces military training mission in Ukraine, until the end of March 2022,” reads the news release of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.
Ukraine’s defense and security forces continue to make considerable progress, but “ongoing insecurity in the region underscores the importance and relevance of Canada’s military mission.”
“Through Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces will continue to provide military training and capacity building assistance to Ukraine’s defense and security forces. The training provided by the Canadian Armed Forces directly helps Ukraine’s defense and security forces to uphold domestic security and territorial integrity, contributing to regional and international stability,” reads the statement.
As the Department notes, “Operation UNIFIER supports Ukraine’s broader reform agenda and contributes to current Canadian efforts that invest in democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Ukraine.”
Canada deploys approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces personnel in Ukraine under Operation UNIFIER. Since the start of the training in September 2015, the Canadian Armed Forces has trained more than 10,800 Ukrainian service members.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko thanked Canada for the decision to extend Operation UNIFIER.
“I am grateful to Canada for the decision to extend the mandate of Operation UNIFIER until 2022. This stands not only as a symbol of support of Ukraine in the face of the Russian aggression, which is a threat to the free world as a whole, but also means a practical assistance in training the Ukrainian military. I am grateful to the Canadian military for the skills imparted to a new Ukrainian Army. Proud that our defenders also share their experience leant from Kremlin’s hybrid war,” Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.